All too often since the election of Barack Obama, conservatives have gone unchallenged by the mainstream media; and even when the left wing is offered a voice on a broadcast, the conservative usually gets the last word, and that is the word that sticks in viewers’ heads.
This time, however, a mainstream media reporter, ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Terry Moran, flat out called Alt-Right champion Milo Yiannopoulos, an idiot. To his face. On air.
Anyone not understanding the significance of this has not been paying attention. This is Milo Yiannopoulos, tech editor of Breitbart, newly come to mainstream prominence by Trump’s hiring of Breitbart’s Steve Bannon as CEO of his campaign. He is, in the words of The Daily Beast’s Jack Hunter, “a beast.”
“The 31-year-old, boastfully gay Breitbart writer—or ‘dangerous faggot’—has quickly become a hero to young conservatives and libertarians for smacking down the ridiculous out-of-control ‘social justice warriors’ who troll college campuses.”
Yiannopoulos is used to throwing the punches, not receiving them. The context here is the harassment campaign against Leslie Jones that got Yiannopoulos banned from Twitter – permanently (he also went after comedian Amy Schumer).
His public beating went down like this:
Terry Moran: “If Leslie Jones were right here, would you say, ‘You look like a dude’?”
Yiannopoulos: “Yeah, probably.”
Moran: “You would say that to her.”
Yiannopoulos: “I probably would,” insisted.
Moran: “Then you’re an idiot.”
This is meaningful simply because it does not happen. People don’t stand up to the right wing trolls peppering the mainstream media. And Yiannopoulos is a troll, and admitted as much to Moran, Moran asking, “Are you a troll?” and Yiannopoulos responding with a smirk, “Of course.”
“Trolling is very important. I like to think of myself as a virtuous troll, you know? I’m doing God’s work.”
Trump, of course, is the biggest troll of them all, trolling all of America. The media tolerates people like Katrina Pierson when what should be happening is the camera being shut off and the segment abruptly ending.
And Moran wasn’t finished with the self-styled “conservative firebrand”:
Moran: “You’re going to go after somebody’s body to denigrate their ideas? What grade are you in? Are you a 13-year-old boy? Because somebody doesn’t have a weight that you think is proper? That’s revolting.”
Yiannopoulos: “I’ll tell you what’s revolting. What’s revolting is the body positivity movement. What’s revolting is this idea now that you can tell women that they’ll be healthy at any size.”
Breitbart says Twitter will end up losing by banning Yiannopoulos for doing something they said he didn’t do. There is apparently a problem with “anti-abuse bias” at Twitter. Imagine that.
Conservatives feel they have the right to say anything, no matter how offensive, but that nobody else has the right to be offended, or to respond to the offensive things that are said. It’s rather bizarre to hear harassment championed as some sort of positive social cause, but that’s what Breitbart wants you to believe.
Of course, they also want you to believe that Trump doesn’t lie to you, that he’s not a racist, and that he has the best people working for him.
And they get really upset when you use your First Amendment rights to set them straight. Milo Yiannopoulos took to Facebook – because he can’t go to Twitter – to post in response to Moran’s unfavorable ruling, “Ruuuuuude.”
It’s almost as if the mainstream media suddenly discovered the ugliness lying at the heart of the Republican Party, though it’s been there for years. And Breitbart may have just discovered they don’t get a free pass from actual journalists.
In the end, Yiannopoulos hardly has cause for complaint. And in the alt-right’s own words, it’s not an insult if it’s true.
Photo: Screen capture – ABC News Nightline
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.